2020-11-25 E-Edition


Steve Froberg positions the public Christmas tree into its East Ferry location Saturday after cutting down the 30-foot spruce from Intrepid Lane. Although the tree-lighting ceremony has been canceled to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the tree will still be decorated and illuminated for the season. See more photos on Page 4.

Planning board mulls rental rules

Proposal would create a registry for leases of less than 30 days

Eleven months after being tasked with drafting regulations for short-term rentals, the planning commission is about ready to make its recommendations. “In the near future, we’ll package this up and send it to the town council,” said Mark Swistak, the commission’s chairman. “It’s up to them to adopt it, change it or put it back on the shelf.” The commissioners […]

Two-week lockdown issued by governor

Bars and gyms will be closed when a two-week “pause” goes into effect Nov. 30 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, according to Gov. Gina Raimondo. “This is the key to our winter strategy,” she said. “During this time, we’ll be able to prevent overwhelming our hospital system without the need for a total lockdown.” The announcement comes as […]

Thanksgiving celebration in Guadalcanal remembered

Seventy-six years ago, Americans were faced with a Thanksgiving that was as comparably fraught as 2020. There was no worldwide pandemic in 1944, but it was the height of World War II. Harold Nelson, a relative of Capstan Street resident Joseph Cannon, was stationed in Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands with the 230th Port Company. This was the year after […]


Schools to crack down on students distance learning who aren’t sick

An updated attendance policy has been approved by the school committee that reminds parents that students registered for in-person learning still can be marked absent. According to Ken Duva, superintendent of schools, parents are using distance learning as a reason to keep their children home from school when they are not sick. That includes families taking vacations that do not […]

Chef with Mexican roots takes helm in Ganny kitchen

As the new head chef at the Narragansett Cafe, Anitra Mireles is bringing her favorite Mexican dishes from the Southern border to the Northeastern coast. Chicken or steak burritos, stuffed with homemade refried beans, rice and salsa, already are on the menu, and street tacos with pulled pork, fish, steak or chicken soon will be offered Tuesdays through Thursdays. Mireles, […]


A crew of volunteers worked hard Saturday to cut, load, secure, transport and install a 30-foot blue spruce at East Ferry for Christmas. The tree was donated by Tony and Karen Rafanelli of Intrepid Lane.

Memories of island in 1950s sought

Two members of the Jamestown Historical Society, Debby Anderson Swistak and Linda Armbrust Warner, are writing a book of memories from the era of the building of the Jamestown and Newport bridges, 1940-69. And they need help from their neighbors. With a special emphasis on the 1950s when they were growing up in Jamestown, the women are collecting recollections and […]